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Destination Jewelry - craftsmanship, design, and history collide to birth the new home of McTeigue & McClelland Jewelers in Great Barrington
The former Christian Science church, dating back to 1850, provides 7,500 sf for the new retail showroom and workshop of MCII.
The stunningly gorgeous and meticulously handcrafted jewelry of McTeigue and McClelland has left its iconic yellow cottage on Main Street in Great Barrington and relocated to a new icon just up the road.
“It all fell into place incredibly well,” says McTeigue. "It was a collaborative effort between our architect, Clark and Green, and contractor Allegrone. They brought the best of what they do.”
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LENOX -- From the outside, the rather nondescript commercial building at 27 Housatonic St. looks like it has seen better days.
It's one of the town's historically significant sites, built in 1791 on Main Street to house the Berkshire County Courthouse after Lenox became a shire town and the new county seat, formerly in Sheffield and Great Barrington.
In 1815, as the much larger Greek Revival courthouse was completed (home to the Lenox Library starting in 1876), the old site became the Town House, used as the post office and for local government.
In 1903, the building was removed from its foundation and moved by horse and wagon to its present location following the opening of the new Town Hall next door.
Now among the three oldest buildings still standing in the historic downtown village, it is owned by real estate entrepreneur Steve Oakes, who's embarking on a major rehabilitation project this fall to shore it up, saving it from further sagging of the facade, while giving it a look more in keeping with its deep roots in the town's early history.
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Christopher and Rebecca Gore married in 1785. An up-and-coming Boston couple, they bought their first piece of land in Waltham and in 1793 built a wooden mansion along with a large carriage house. Six years later, the mansion burned to the ground. Nearly 220 years later, the Carriage House still stands, but is on the move.
The 40-by-70-foot, two-story Carriage House sat in the northwest corner of the 45-acre parcel of land at 52 Gore St., known as Gore Place. But this week, construction crews were picking it up and moving it about 350 feet south.
"We wanted to move it to a more historically accurate location," said director of public programs Thom Roach, adding that there is currently an issue of spring drainage in the basement, which is something "people in New England will understand."
Until the late 1960s, the House stood in the southwest section of the grounds, but the city moved it so Gore Street could be widened to accommodate the high volume of cars coming from and going to Raytheon.
The House, because of the street, cannot be returned to its previous location, but Roach said they’ve shot to get it as close as possible and already laid the new foundation.
Starting Monday, construction crews were working to lift the building up onto long steel beams using large hydraulic jacks. Nate Newton, assistant project manager with Pittsfield-based Allegrone Construction, said Tuesday that extensive planning went into the move.
After the steel beams are placed beneath the building and its weight is equally distributed across the support, Newton says the jacks slowly lift the building up, which is then supported by "shoring towers."
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The 1793 carriage house (shown above) was originally located in what is now the north-bound lane of Gore Street. It was moved to its current location when Gore Street was widened. It is now being relocated closer to its original location.
Christopher Gore, was a prominent Massachusetts lawyer and politician. His summer home located in Waltham, Massachusetts that sits within a 45-acre property consists of a wood-framed mansion and the 1793 carriage house.
The moving process takes precise preparation that requires carving out sections of the foundation in order to slip support beams beneath the house. These beams are then accompanied by hydraulic lifts below that raise the entire building. Once lifted, the building is carefully slid onto a prepared track system that guides the building to its new location where a newly constructed foundation awaits to receive the building.
Learn more about the happenings at Gore Place here: http://www.goreplace.org/
Track system placed for the initial move of the carriage house.
Carriage house shown in the distance after it's initial move and is now aligned with its new awaiting foundation.
Berkshire Place, currently located in a small building of 1888, is being reborn as a new 44,000 square foot facility at 290 South Street in Pittsfield, MA. Allegrone Companies continues the progression of the long-awaited retirement home as construction manager.
PITTSFIELD -- Despite some harsh weather earlier this year, construction of a $10 million retirement home is on track, officials say, and the new facility could open before the snow flies again.
Construction on the 54-bed Berkshire Place began early last November at the site of the former St. Teresa's Church on South Street.
"The crew that's been working on this project has been fantastic," said Berkshire Place Executive Director Edward Forfa.
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